A decent synopsis can be read on the corresponding Wikipedia page.
The movie is already a bit dated and the characters are remarkably, but typically for b-movies, rather 2D and shallowly portrayed. The plot is likewise rather simple and unsophisticated and it revolves around a crispy clear distinction between good and evil. This theatrical given made it quite easy to spot the predictive programming elements; which all evolved around the theme of the spotless vindicating good cop versus the consistently evil crime offenders.
I will address the several predictive programming elements with the aid of several representative screen shots taken from the movie.
The movie starts at a police precinct with the announcement of the killing of a police officer in the line of duty. This act of brutality committed by the public may be read to help serve as the moral ground for an increased defensiveness towards a hostile and dangerous public.
Brought back from a comatose vegetating state, the new and improved protagonist awakens in a virtually invulnerable and powerful robotic exoskeleton that comes with all kinds of helpful gadgetry that will prove to be useful in the following fight against dangerous criminal elements of the public. And so Robocop is born. Note that free-will of the protagonist has been completely replaced with mandatory (computerized) observance of the three directives given in the picture. The third directive is the most interesting because it compels Robocop to unconditionally serve the state even if its laws have become that of a tyrannical police state.
Over the course of the next half an hour or so, we see a showcasing of the full capability of this “new and improved” version of the police officer.
Robocop displays superhuman strength and bad guy bullets simply bounce right off of his impregnable armor.
This scene is so blatantly symbolic that I hesitate to call it a subliminal. The camera angle is such that Robocop has the appearance of a giant, who faces bad guys rendered minuscule in comparison. Notice also the ominous and machismo kind of shadow that Robocop casts over the bad guys. This makes him look even more impressive and supreme.
And of course, damsels-in-distress love Robocop.
And of course besides women in dire straits, Robocop is best of friends with the little ones. But hold on a minute. Is it me or is there a not-so-proper subliminal contained in this particular shot? Note that the entire scene is shot from this particular awkward angle and camera angles are usually consciously chosen in movies... You decide.
This show-down takes place in a plant where illegal drugs are manufactured. Robocop manages to easily take down its entire "staff." In this particular shot you see his foot crush drug ampules of which its symbolism clearly is morally stacked against the proliferation of illegal drugs. The depiction of Robocop's ultimate righteousness versus the inherent cruelty of the evil drug manufacturers, encourages the viewer to accept that the persecution of street drugs and its army of "lowlife" dispensers is a proper and desirable thing to do.
The Militarization of Police
It is easily understood that this movie serves as a banner movie for a new kind of police force. The depiction of an extremely vicious and cruel criminal environment justifies the advent of a sort of cop that can meet those extreme challenges. As such, Robocop embodies a kind of Police man in which all public-minded emotions have been replaced by cold, calculated and indeed ruthless efficiency. Although, in reality robotic cops do not exist, the mentality of cops seems to have shifted towards a greater lack of concern and caring for the welfare of the public. It is this kind of militant police mentality that is predictively programmed into the mind of the young viewer. The movie dates from the 80s and that suggests that the average street-cop of today was probably just a kid back then and, while being at an age at which one is highly susceptible to TV and media propaganda, the odds are that the programming in all likelihood was effective.
Here are some excerpts drawn from an article posted at puppetgov.com, which basically confirm the rationalizations for the predictive programming contained in “Robocop” [boldfaced emphasis is mine]:
Government Involvement in Creating the Drug Problem
There are a number of important testimonies and resources available on the Internet that lend credence to the notion that it was the government itself who helped create the problem of illegal drugs in the US. If true, which does seem to be the case, then it can be inferred that the drug problem and the consequential “war on drugs” was all planned to happen.
As to the reason why, one only needs to ask who stands to benefit of such treasonous and deeply immoral initiatives. First off, the police forces engaged in fighting drug related crime benefit greatly of course since the justification to lay claim on extra government funding as well as expand its powers, has been presented on a silver platter. Secondly, the prison industrial complex also benefits greatly as new prisons will need to be build to house all the new waves of drug offenders and petty drug dealers.
And so, under the self-catalyzed pretext of a war on drugs and, by affiliation, also the persecution of gangs, the fledgling Police State has gained a systematic incentive to develop itself (out of proportion). All the while, needless to say, all the “nurturing costs” are relegated to the shoulders of the tax payer.
Here’s a grasp of the evidence incriminating the government for creating the drug problem in the streets of the US:
Also this Dutch documentary is an interesting watch:
Another unfortunate consequence of the militarization of police is of course, the unsavory practice called police brutality. Youtube features an abundance of videos detailing and reporting this brutally sad contemporary phenomenon.
Here is a small selection:
My other analyses (oldest first, newest last):
Children of Men (2006)